Category Archives: Family

Solving problems

My 89-year-old father has begun a rapid cognitive decline. Affected, no doubt, by the quarantine imposed on his retirement community in response to the pandemic, he has been afflicted recently by hallucinations.  He sees random strangers in his apartment, and … Continue reading

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Father’s Day letter

When my 12-year-old daughter, Charlotte, asked me what I wanted her to buy me for Father’s Day, I told her to save her money — but I would gladly accept something that she made for me. So she made me … Continue reading

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Birthday letter

From my 12-year-old son on my 60th birthday: To dad: This year has been awesome with you.  I can’t think of a time in which I have not looked up to you as a great role model.  You teach me … Continue reading

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To my children

To Lily (age 18), Emma (16), Sam (14), Louis (11), and Charlotte (11): As you know, today I am undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. Although my prognosis is good, and the surgeon is confident, any surgery carries risk. I’ve never … Continue reading

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My toughest speech

My sister passed away, suddenly, on June 18.  Hundreds of people — relatives, friends, co-workers, even former patients — attended her memorial service. On behalf of the family, I was asked to deliver the eulogy. Although I speak at conferences … Continue reading

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Brilliant comeback

Our two sons, ages 13 and 10, are inseparable.  They play baseball, basketball, and soccer together in the back yard, and share a bedroom. They often bicker, too. Actually, they bicker constantly, with the older son criticizing the younger son … Continue reading

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Fairy tale

My eldest daughter has had a challenging senior year in high school.  Although she made the varsity soccer team, she rarely plays; just last week, she made a six-hour road trip with the team and didn’t play at all.  She … Continue reading

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Better

My three youngest children — ages 11, 8, and 8 — all played Little League baseball this summer.  I enjoyed watching them play, as it took me back to my own childhood when I would spend the better part of … Continue reading

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Brush with fame

Jordy Mercer of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit this 2-run homerun that was the margin of victory in the Pirates’ 3-1 win over the Washington Nationals at PNC Park. That’s my eldest son reaching in vain for the ball, and that’s … Continue reading

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Self-portrait

After dinner tonight, I overheard the following conversation between my two sons: 8-year-old: What are you doing in art class? 11-year-old: I’m drawing a self-portrait. 8-year-old: A self-portrait of who?

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